Fireplace Remodel With Built-in Bookshelves

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Fireplace Remodel With Built-in Bookshelves
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Fireplace Makeover, Adding Built ins using stock cabinets as the base
Fireplace Makeover with builtins made from stock cabinetry (1)
This is our fireplace before the remodel. This was a pic taken a few years ago. It’s the only pic I could find, showing the fire place as a whole. I have always wanted shelves on each side. So during Q’s two week break he decided to tackle this project with the help of his brother and Dad.
Fireplace Makeover with builtins made from stock cabinetry (1)

 1st day. They had to build a fake wall. He also had to chisel out the crown molding and remove the mantel which was one big piece of slate.

 Fireplace Makeover with builtins made from stock cabinetry (1)

2nd day. We put bead board up and did more electrical.

 Fireplace Makeover with builtins made from stock cabinetry (1)

3rd day. We bought 4 – 42 inch cabinets and put those on the bottom to use for our DVD, Wii, and game storage. We made the shelving out of MDF board. 

 Fireplace Makeover with builtins made from stock cabinetry (1)

 

 

4th day. The dry wall is hung between the shelves. We also used dry wall to frame in the fireplace. The mantel is made out of 2×4’s and MDF board. 

 Fireplace Makeover with builtins made from stock cabinetry (1)

Finished product!! We are so pleased with how it turned out. We removed the face plate and spray painted the inside of the fire place black. It isn’t in working order, so now it serves as great storage for Waylon’s toys.  I love that all of our books are in one spot. The kids have been asking me to read to them more. 
Fireplace Makeover, Adding Built ins using stock cabinets as the base

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  1. says

    Hey there! I have been scouring the web looking for built-in ideas around a fireplace. Thanks for posting this one. Do you know of any others? I have a pretty big project on my hands. Turning the children’s playroom into the master. SO my built-ins on either side of the fireplace will be closets. Plus, we will be putting in a bathroom. Yikes. Anyway, the pics help wrap my mind around it! Thanks.

    • says

      Nikki, if you do a search on our site “fireplace” you will be able to find some more ideas. We are glad that you found our site. They did a great job on their fireplace built-ins.

  2. Kevin says

    Just curious…why did you have to build the frame? Could you not have just put the bead board straight on the original wall?

  3. Kelly says

    We are doing a very similiar project in our family room. We are wod rig how you attached the two inside vertical piece of wood to the fireplace/celing?? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    • Cass says

      Hi Kelly! This is a guest post, so if you’ll click over to the original blog (linked toward the top of the post) then they can give you more details there. Thanks!

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